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Ray Charles

Born: Sep 13, 1918

Death: Apr 6, 2015

Birthplace: Chicago

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Ray Charles

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1918
Date of Death : Apr 6, 2015
Birth Place : Chicago

Ray Charles, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, vocal arranger and conductor who was best known as organizer and leader of the Ray Charles Singers. The Ray Charles Singers were featured on Perry Como's records and television shows for 35 years. The Ray Charles Singers were also known for a series of 30 choral record albums produced in the 1950s and 1960s for the Essex, MGM, Decca and Command labels. As a vocalist, Charles, along with Julia Rinker Miller, was known for singing the theme song to the television series Three's Company. As a songwriter, Charles was best known for the choral anthem "Fifty Nifty United States," in which he set the names of the states to music in alphabetical order. It was originally written for The Perry Como Show. He is also known for "Letters, We Get Letters," also originally written for The Perry Como Show and later used on Late Show with David Letterman. In his later years, he continued to serve as a musical consultant to television programs, most notably for 31 years on the Kennedy Center Honors. Charles was acknowledged as an authority on American popular music.


  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Film Score Composer
  • Bandleader

Also known as

  • The Other Ray Charles
  • Charles Raymond Offenberg


  • Bernice Offenberg

Awards Won

  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics
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